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12:45 PM ET, April 15, 2019


 Top News: 
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
EU gives final approval to the new Copyright Directive, with its controversial Article 11 and 13 provisions, after 19 of the 28 member countries voted in favor  —  The European Union has officially approved a controversial and sweeping reform of its copyright rules to protect content creators …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Twitter removed tweets criticizing Starz's dispute with TorrentFreak, including one from journalist Mathew Ingram, at the request of the company  —  Starz criticised over Twitter takedown of users' links to news story about pirated shows  —  A US TV channel has forced Twitter …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Twitter has removed TorrentFreak's tweet pointing to a news story on recent leaks of unreleased TV shows, after a questionable DMCA takedown request from Starz
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: nearly half of HQ Trivia's staff signed a petition seeking to depose CEO Rus Yusupov; the startup had ~$6M in the bank but is spending $1M per month  —  This week's banishment of host Scott Rogowsky was merely a symptom of the ongoing struggle to decide who will lead HQ Trivia.
John Ingold / The Colorado Sun:
Twenty years after Columbine, a journalist who covered the shooting reflects on how media unwittingly created a narrative that may have inspired more attacks  —  But the mythology around killers no longer needs press coverage to spread  —  Red Lake High School.  Dawson College.  Sparks Middle School.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Vimeo acquires Israel-based video creation service Magisto which has over 100M users; sources say Vimeo paid $200M  —  Vimeo, the IAC-owned platform for hosting, sharing and monetizing streamed video, has made an acquisition to expand into providing more creation and editing tools.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Sources: some publishers say Apple News + has failed to deliver on some of the promises it made to get them on board and is favoring larger publishers  —  According to several publishers, Apple News+ is off to a rough start.  —  Five participating publishers Digiday spoke to detailed …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Angelina Rascouet / Bloomberg:
Publicis to buy US digital marketing company Epsilon, which collects vast amounts of consumer data like transactions, location, and web activity, for $3.95B  —  - Ad group makes biggest purchase yet in consumer-data bet  — Traditional marketing firms are fighting new rivals online
Marcela Kunova /
To fight trolls and abusers, Rappler started collecting data, such as public social media posts, to monitor and analyze the spread of disinformation online  —  News websites Rappler in the Philippines and the Quint in India have found new ways to combat disinformation and defend free speech
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
After recording 10-hours of conversation for the podcast Texting Keith Olbermann, sources say the ex-MSNBC host changed his mind and demanded BBC not to post it  —  In a BBC podcast, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann criticizes Rachel Maddow and Steve Kornacki for lack of gratitude …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Bustle Digital Group CEO Bryan Goldberg says he expects the company will reach profitability this year with $100M in revenue  —  From Gawker to Mic, the Bustle Digital Group chief has found success rebuilding web brands that are on life support: “These have not been an easy few years.
Discussion: @jeremymbarr and @thr
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Alden Global Capital's MNG Enterprises says it would cut costs and consolidate operations at Gannett if it succeeds in its bid to take over the company  —  A hedge fund-owned newspaper company signaled in a response to questions from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. that it would cut costs …
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